It's a shame they way they'll destroy a family just to satisfy their whims. Glad you are reconnecting.

I've reconnected or met for the first time, cousins on my dad's side via Ancestry. The DNA testing came back mostly what I expected, other than the 9% Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal and North Africa). But I'm mostly of Irish descent with dark hair and brown eyes, so that wasn't too much of a surprise. I've heard the Spanish Armada explanation and also the migration explanation. Given my love of Spanish food, sangria and sun and my bad sense of direction, I think they went in search of more sangria and went the wrong way

Also, we're finding a lot of ancestors stopped off in England or Scotland before they came to the US. We've found ties to Liverpool, Birmingham & Dundee.